Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Erotic Artwork from the Masters

I can't believe I hadn't stumbled upon this blog before - it is an amazing collection of mythology artwork, much of it erotic in nature. I spent a good hour scrolling through the site. Please, enjoy the visual masterpieces.

(from Nec Spe, Nec Metu)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review for The Maenad of Manhattan

This is a review for The Maenad of Manhattan by Liz Melon. It is available on Amazon for $1.99. This is the first book in a series and I can't wait until the rest are available.

Ms. Melon has done the impossible... or, at least, the very difficult. She has woven the mythos of the ancients (Greek, Norse, Slavic) into the modern world without following the normal course of rebirth or teenaged offspring and she added in the, ever so delectable, eroticism which is very popular these days. Well done!

Not only does she accomplish this nearly improbable task, she also managed to work in the very popular paranormal aspect; in this case, a vampiric maenad of Bacchus. I've always been a fan of the maenads, specifically the story of Pentheus and Dionysus. They are a crazy, freaky, really kind of fun group of ancient women who know the meaning of a wild night. If I were an ancient Greek, I would have definitely been one of these groupies. So nice, then, to see them in a modern work.

I love this story! Her mythology is accurate - incredibly so - and wonderfully woven into the story. No examples of "info dumping" here. Just a quick story about two lovers and their adventures hunting the monsters of old for pay and worship. I love her sex scenes - though, she definitely likes, perhaps a bit too much, the word "ramming" - and find them hot, twisted, and full of variety. Since this is Aphrodite's story, really, I'm beyond pleased that Ms. Melon spent so much time and effort with the sex.

Oh, and Loki. Poor boy, he usually doesn't get this much play these days and this story is a welcome relief from all the recent Loki's of literature and film. Thank you for that! Loki is a doll of mythos and well-deserving of some rewriting and modernizing into a "good" guy.

Overall delightful, creative, and well written, I am very glad I took a chance on this new author and gave her novella a read. It was well worth it!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Covers - Huh?

This is a collection of book covers which have had me go huh? And, not necessarily in a good way. Sometimes in a really bad way... check them out for yourselves!

1. Headless Bodies

Uh? I think something's missing. Like his head. Where is his head? I am seriously concerned for his well-being and not even remotely feeling hot with those abs displayed so predominantly. I mean, what good is a great body if there is no head! Did the wolf eat it?

2. Photoshop Wrongs

No matter how many you make, this still isn't right. Besides, anyone with a Chinese Crested probably isn't into too much handcuff play... they are planning for the World's Ugliest Dog contest. Also, I swear I've actually used that book/glasses combo clip art in a presentation one time. And, lastly, the title doesn't fit with the cover, at all. Unless of course, you are referring to that dog!

Here are some more. Shake in fear, then laugh!

And, before you ask, I too think that woman looks way too much like she's popping out of that one guy's groin. Not to mention, how exactly is she sitting/leaning like that without toppling over?

3. Awkward Appendages

Please, tell me that that thing/arm/grabber on the left hand side of the cover isn't what I think it is. Is it a robot arm? Because that is disturbing. Not erotic, disturbing. Secondly, her bum. Yes, that bum. Does that look weird to you all? How did she get in that position.

And, here we have a weird-ass tail. No, seriously, look! That is bizarre, really bizarre! I only hope this book is about some kind of anthropomorphic alien race. Only then can this cover work at least kinda well.

So, this cover doesn't work. In any way. Where is his head if he's neck is there? If her legs are there, how is her hand down there? And, talking about her hand... where is the rest of her arm... that's a car seat there, somewhere in the corner. So, my biggest question, however, is who thought this looked good enough to go with and what did the other versions look like?

4. Floating Faces

I'd really like to believe that this is in fact a story about a heaven god who loses his corporeal presence and instead has to live the remainder of his immortal life as the heavenly sky. What an idea! But, it isn't and thus I am seriously confused. Since the title is "revenge" and I would have preferred something more like an attack or bloody knife. Additionally, if all this wasn't enough, I am not at all sure the floating face is even a man... those eyes may suggest a wide-eyed ingenue. And, what is with the gray bar along the side and bottom? Makes the cover look incomplete.

And, then there is this one. A large eye, a monstrous eye, just sitting there hanging above and obviously photoshop edited image of a whale's tail in the vast ocean. So much here just makes me cringe.

Monday, September 22, 2014

17th Century Vaginas

An interesting article full of "relevant" information.

What the 17th Century Can Teach Us About Vaginas

Good for a few laughs, some serious head-shaking, and Jeopardy-type knowledge. Enjoy!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Interesting Posts for Your Friday Blogroll

The top posts are courtesy of Mystical Sex... a good way to kill a few hours on a rainy day.

Hieros Gamos

Hieros Gamos is a Greek term meaning “sacred union”.

The Bacchanal was a religious rite associated with worship of the Roman God Bacchus, also known by the Greek name of Dionysus.

The term “phallic worship” or “phallicism” denotes religious veneration of the phallus, or erect penis.

Fascinus was an ancient Roman deity who, like Priapus, was associated with worship of the phallus or male sexual organ.

This infographic comes from the blog of Liz Meldon. In turn, she found the graphic on Pinterest. Although, I don't technically write "paranormal" per say... not vampires, werewolves, or fairies... I often find myself lumped into this genre because I write about gods. Anyway, I enjoyed this graphic history of the paranormal romance.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review for Ravished by Hercules

This is a review for Ravished by Hercules by Jessica Satin available on Amazon for $2.99.

So, what I thought I was getting myself into was a sexy romp with a muscle-bound Hercules and any number of girls. What I got, however, was even better. This isn't just some story of random, hot sex with a mythological hero... NO! this is a fun twist on the regular myth. Instead of Hercules all alone on his labors, he's got a friendly--some might say "too friendly"--friend along for the ride. And, a horse. A horse with wings.

I am a mythological nerd and like my stories authentic, so I will admit I was initially turned off at a number of small details that got under my skin: disconcerting references to smells, vocabulary, and language that would have been totally foreign to the ancient world

  • the scent combinations, specifically, had me shaking my fist at the heavens
  • her language for the male and female anatomy were not to my "authentic" senses correct, but far from poorly used... instead, they were pleasantly and surprisingly used in context extremely well
  • some rather modern terms that pissed me off, but not enough to remember for a page or two

and a rather shocking lack of keep true to the myth.

  • Megara mentions Hercules labors in the past tense, though she is actively completing them with him in her present tense
  • Pegasus!... yet one more fan of Disney's Hercules (I HATE THAT MOVIE!)
  • Megara mentions his reason for the labors (i.e. killing his wife and children), but SHE was that wife in the original version

BUT, and that's a huge but, I found myself really drawn into the story and ended up loving the way Ms. Satin made this story her own. I was sadly disappointed the story did not keep going... (Though, I understand this is a series in progress and there will, hopefully, be many more coming. Pretty please.)

With all this said, I really wanted to give this story two solid thumbs up... however, one phrase kept me cringing each time--"her pussy pummeling along his cock"--and I had a horrible time keeping track of their sexual positions. Some of those moves are, I'm pretty sure, impossible. Other than that - well, I would love to read more.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Newest Title Available!

A Lesser Aphrodite is now available through Amazon!

(bonus: 3 FREE days!)
~ from Friday 9/12 thru Sunday 9/14 ~

I have taken a different approach to publishing this time and enrolled this ebook in the Kindle Select Program. Which, in general, means that this story will be available for lending to anyone with Amazon Prime. So, after purchase, if you like it, feel free to share it with a friend. Here is the direct link for the short story at Amazon for $1.99. It will available on Amazon, exclusively, for 90 days. After that, I will post a sample to GoodReads and publish with Smashwords and its affiliates.

I am curious about how enrollment in this exclusive program will help my sales. I'm hoping for good things and the chance to reach a larger audience. Keep your fingers crossed.

Louis Jean François Lagrenée (French, 1725 - 1805)
Mars & Venus, Allegory of Peace, 1770, Oil on canvas
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NSFW: Really Hot Mythological Creature Art!

Here be some awe inspiring artwork... not safe for work or anyone under 18 years of age. You have been warned.

From Marc DeBauch, Erotic Artist:

From Gay Fantasy Creatures (on Tumblr):

From Priapus of Milet (his centaur artwork):

From oglaf.com's comic strip "Heterogeneous":

Monday, September 8, 2014

I'm Featured on Other Blogs!


Ramblings of an eclectic

Go ahead and check them out, not that I am thrilled to have found them while Googling myself, which I really, really am.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Essential Aspects of Writing?

So, I totally stole the idea for this post from a forum I visit and post on called "Absolute Write Water Cooler." The original post can be found here for any interested folks.

What I'd like to do is this:
1) Choose a few of the answers from the original posters question on what to focus on to become a better writer.
2) Discuss my take on the answer.

You game? Then, read on.

Good command of the language and punctuation.

My comments: What exactly does this mean? A good command of the language. Does that mean that I understand all of those big and small, clear and tricky tricks and tips to the English language? Or, does it mean that I can use the English language to convey information well and easily understood. Because, a lot of times those two definitions don't line up. Even when all the rules of grammar are followed, understanding is not always clear. Now, punctuation, well, that's easy... or, is it? In fiction, often the rules of punctuation are fluid. Very fluid. Not sure how it works in non-fiction, but I expect about the same.

Depends what your weaknesses are.

My comments: Good answer. However, how does one know what, exactly, their weaknesses are assuming it isn't something obvious like spelling. Spelling is a big, giant, important skill. And, it is easy to know whether you are right or wrong. There is an ultimate source of all words - it is called the dictionary. Either your spelling is the one in that book or it isn't. Simple. But, what if spelling isn't your weakness. What if your mother thinks your weakness is dialog, but your editor is convinced it is character development. What about the first reviewer? He thinks you suffer with the tendency toward redundancy. Who do you listen to? Who is "right"? What if everyone is right.

Empathy. Clarity. Making sense.

My comments: Great! These are specific. But, what if I already do this. Do these things really matter so strongly that just perfecting them will make me a better writer? Does perfecting these three three skills make me the better writer in the larger scheme of things? Though, having posed those questions, I do think, for fiction writers, the empathy suggestion is a good one. If you can make others care as deeply about your characters as if they were real people as you are about them, then I say you've half-succeeded in life. The other half... a good story. But, good is objective.

Read. Read alot; read widely. And learn to listen. Really listen. And develop humility, courage and mental fortitude.

My comments: I used to believe this. That this was, truly, all it took. I don't believe it now. It is a good starting point, but definitely just a starting point... there is so much more out there that needs to be practiced to become a better writer.

Read a lot and write a lot. And remember when it comes to fiction that story is everything.

No, no, no, character is everything!

My comments: See, descension in the ranks! What if there is no "everything"?

persistence. endless persistence.
discipline (I have 2% of this, but when I have it, things happen)

My comments: Almost there. Persistence is a key. A very important key. I only started writing semi-professionally because of one persistent idea. It wouldn't go away. It wouldn't let me go away or give up. So, the idea's persistence paid off. Its persistence became my persistence. And, yes, discipline is needed. You have to want to write. You have to be willing to write. You have to, sometimes, force yourself to write. Even when life gets in the way. Even when you don't want to. 

And, in those final lines, comes my advice...

How do you become a better writer?

You write. That's it. Write. The more you write, the better you write. It won't happen overnight or even after a few years, but it does happen. Why? Because a writer, someone dedicated to writing, seeks out other writers. We have to... writing is a lonely business and humans don't like loneliness. So, writers reach out. We meet others. We read others. We talk to others. And, from those other writers we learn. Doesn't matter what we learn, but just learning, makes us better. Better people, better writers.

What do you all think?